The storm Mandous is named by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which means “treasure chest” in Arabic.
The storm Mandous is named by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which means “treasure chest” in Arabic. The member states that name storms are part of the world meteorological organization and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific panel (WMO/ESCAP) on tropical cyclones.
In April 2020 IMD shared a list of 169 names which contains 13 names proposed by each member state which are assigned in a sequential manner.
The name Mandous was given when the cyclonic circulation was expected to move northwest and likely to develop into a low-pressure system over the southeastern Bay of Bengal.
The member states that name storms are part of the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific panel (WMO/ESCAP) on tropical cyclones. After UAE, Yemen must assign its proposed name ‘Mocha’ before the first round of the list runs out. When India’s turn comes, the cyclone’s name will be Tej.
Other member states
In addition to India, other member states include Bangladesh, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Maldives, Pakistan, Myanmar, UAE, and Yemen.
Current updates of Cyclone ‘Mandous’
The Indian meteorological department (IMD) has issued a high-level warning for parts of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and the Union territory of Puducherry as Cyclone Mandous moves west-northwest across the southwestern Bay of Bengal. Many districts in these areas are likely to experience heavy rainfall over the next two days.
Currently, cyclone Mandous will very likely maintain its severe cyclonic storm intensity over the next 6 hours, before gradually weakening into a cyclonic storm. It will continue to move west-northwest and blanket northern Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and the adjacent southern coast of Andhra Pradesh between Puducherry and Sriharikota around Mahabalipuram as a cyclonic storm with maximum sustained wind speeds of 65-75 km/h, from December 9 midnight to early morning December 10.